Suitcase Organizer




About: I am a former English teacher turned Interactive Media Instructor. I like to make, fix, and take apart. Few things are more fun than taking something apart to turn it into something else, or just taking it a...

The inspiration for this project comes from the GRID-IT. I like the idea but not the cost or size. I repair computers as a hobby and need all sorts of things to diagnose and/or fix the computers I encounter.

Sorry for the lack of pictures of the build. Sometimes I get in a groove and forget to take pictures.

Staple gun
Saw (Jigsaw)

Suitcase (American Tourister)
1/4 inch board (height and length will vary depending on the suitcase you use.)
Elastic (I got two different colors so I could alternate them.)
Glue (Gorilla Glue)

Measure the dimensions of the suitcase and use those measurements to cut your board. My suitcase had a slight curve and I made the board smaller so it would make contact with as much of the suitcase as possible for when I glued it. I used a jigsaw to cut the board. Be sure to sand down the rough edges. Also be careful using power tools.

I used the staple gun and glue to attach the fabric and elastic. My wife had some scrap fabric she was no longer using. Lay down a line of glue and lay the fabric on it. While the glue is still wet staple the fabric on one side and then stretch it to the other and staple it. Do this for the other two sides. Now you can attach the elastic. I use some pieces of cardboard to keep the staples from going too far into the wood, and coming out the other side.

Now you will glue the board to the suitcase. I used a generous amount of glue for this step. I do not want it to come loose although if it did I do not think it would be too big a deal. Once the glue dries you are ready to organize your equipment.



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    4 years ago on Introduction

    I love this! There's something really satisfying about the solidity and indestructibility of those old American Tourister and Samsonite valises. Old School meet New School. Thanks for sharing it!

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    You forgot to put the shaker and glass for the Martini … Shaken not stirred (or was it the other way around ?…). Signed James you know who …

    Nice Instructable. Thanx for posting !

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, this looks great. Congratulations.

    What width is the elastic? Any sources / costs of the elastic?

    I have an old Samsonite crying out for a day in the sun.

    Thanks, Al

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I got the elastic from JoAnn's Fabric store. The widths are 1/4 an inch. I would love to see your finished suitcase.


    4 years ago

    Thanks jessyratfink.